17th Century New England, with special emphasis on the Salem Witchcraft Trials

A 17th Century Colonial New England Bibliography

This is a sometimes-annotated bibliography of the books in my personal reference library as I research 17th century colonial New England. There are a lot about the Salem witch-hunt, Puritan thought, and Anglo-Indian contact, but also a few odds and ends that make sense to me to have on hand. Please note: I do not lend books. To anyone. Most of these titles can be borrowed from any good public or university library. If you want to purchase a copy of any of these titles, I have included direct links to Amazon.com for all but a handful of out-of-print or hard-to-find local imprint titles. To print out the whole bibliography, please use the printer-friendly version to save paper.

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Abbot | Axtell | Begiebing | Boyer | Breitwieser | Briggs | Carlson | Cronon | Demos | Earhart
Francis | Gildrie | Greven | Hall | Hill | Jackson | Kramer | Lockridge | Mather | Miller
Nevins | Powell | Robinson | Rowlandson | Sewall | Starkey | Thompson | VanDerBeets | Weisman | Winslow


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  1. VanDerBeets, Richard, ed.. Held Captive by Indians: Selected Narratives, 1642-1836. Tennessee: Knoxville. 1994. Order from Amazon.com

    Includes narratives of Father Isaac Jogues, Mary Rowlandson, John Gyles, Elizabeth Hanson, Robert Eastburn, John Marrant, Frederic Manheim, John Corbly, Capt. Isaac Stewart, Massey Herbeson, Peter Williamson, Jackson Johonnot, Charles Johnston, Mary Kinnan, and Mrs. Rachel Plummer. This edition includes an excellent 3-page bibliographic addition of the scholarship between 1973 and 1993 on captivity narratives.
  2. Vaughan, Alden T.. New England Frontier: Puritans and Indians 1620-1675. 3rd Edition. University of Oklahoma: Norman, OK. 1995. Order from Amazon.com

  3. Vaughan, Alden T.. Roots of American Racism: Essays on the Colonial Experience. Oxford University Press: New York. 1995. Order from Amazon.com

  4. Vaughan, Alden T., and Edward W. Clark, eds.. Puritans Among the Indians: Accounts of Captivity and Redemption, 1676-1724. Harvard University: Cambridge, MA. 1981. Order from Amazon.com

    Includes narratives of Mary Rowlandson, Quentin Stockwell, John Gyles, Hannah Swarton, Hannah, Dustan, John Williams, and Elizabeth Hanson, several of which are transcribed by Increase and Cotton Mather.
  5. Vaughan, Alden T., ed.. The Puritan Tradition in America, 1620-1730. Revised Edition. University of New England: Hanover, NH. 1972. Order from Amazon.com

  6. Wall, Helena M.. Fierce Communion: Family and Community in Early America. Harvard University Press: Cambridge, MA. 1990. Order from Amazon.com

  7. Webb, Stephen Saunders. 1676: The End of American Independence. Syracus University: Syracus, NY. 1995. Order from Amazon.com


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This page was last updated Feb. 15, 2009 by Margo Burns, My email address.